Alaska Assemblyman Hank
Bartos wants to move the railroad out of downtown Fairbanks and expand Pioneer
Park into a "winter wonderland" involving Ice Alaska, the railroad's unhappy
tenant, the Daily News Miner reports.
The federal government is
about to hand out a river of cash to states willing to build a network of
bullet trains, as the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress seek to
slowly ease the country's dependence on automobiles and airplanes to make short
trips between its biggest cities, the Dallas Morning News reports. It's the nation's
first major investment in true high-speed rail, and among its most significant
pushes to locate trains of any kind far from the East Coast.
Los Angeles Metro invites
people in the Century City, Calif., area to learn about plans to bring the
subway west and share views. This lunch time open house is intended to bring
Century City workers up to speed with progress on the proposed Westside Subway
Extension, discuss plans for a future Century City station, and solicit input.
Group appointed Russell Taylor president and CEO of its American subsidiary,
Imagemap, Inc., effective January 1, 2010. Taylor has more than 32 years of railroad
and mass transit experience, having started his career with the Canadian
Pacific Railway in 1977. He has worked in a variety of capacities including construction
and construction management, design and engineering, and sales and marketing.
On Jan. 15, Illinois Gov.
Pat Quinn joined Assistant U.S. Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to
speak at "Beyond Transportation: The Economic Impact of Rail in Illinois." The
summit was dedicated to bringing together stakeholders in government, economic
development and private industry to improve rail infrastructure and create jobs
Coffman Specialties, Inc., of San Diego has been awarded a
$36.3-million contract to construct a rail spur and intermodal rail yard at the
Mesquite Regional Landfill, where municipal solid waste will be received for
disposal by way of California's first waste-by-rail project. The Sanitation
Districts of Los Angeles County awarded the contract to Coffman Specialties,
the lowest of eight bids received for the project that will include a rail
spur, bridge and construction of the facilities where containerized trash will
arrive by train for disposal at the regional landfill. The Mesquite Regional
Landfill is located about five miles east of Glamis, Calif.
Getting to and from the Edmonds,
Wash., waterfront-long a bottleneck for travelers and pedestrians alike-could
get somewhat easier by early next year, the Everett Daily Herald reports. That's
when Sound Transit expects to complete a $12.9-million renovation of the city's
rail station, Edmonds Station, at 210 Railroad Ave.
Nearly one year after the
Canadian National Railway purchased a suburban rail line as a freight bypass
around Chicago, fears of a massive influx of two-mile-long trains rolling
through dozens of neighborhoods haven't yet materialized, the Chicago Tribune reports.
But residents and
local officials have complained that train noise and vibrations from the CN's
more powerful, multiple locomotives are wreaking havoc on home life.
Plainfield, Ill., and
some other towns have stopped fighting the Canadian National Railway, but other
municipalities aren't ready to do that yet, the Aurora Beacon News reports. Will
County is among them.
Central Florida backers of
the SunRail commuter train may be relieved of more than $11 million in annual
debt payments that were headed their way, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The
state Department of Transportation had intended to borrow $173 million to help
pay for the $1.2 billion, 61.5-mile system linking DeLand in Volusia County
with downtown Orlando and Poinciana in Osceola County.